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Phalaenopsis Crown, Stem and Root Rot

Here is an example of a Phal seedling in a 2.5-inch pot recuperating from a bout of stem rot or crown rot.  Phals are highly susceptible to rots of all kinds.  In nature, most Phals grow on the sides of trees with their roots exposed to moving air and their leaves oriented in such a way that water runs off and away from the crown.  Grown in a pot the opposite is true.  Water collects in the crotches of leaves around the crown where most rots begin.  Rots spread quickly and have usually killed or damaged the the crown before they are discovered....

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